Rossetti Archive Textual Transcription
Document Title: A Virgin and Child, by Hans Memmeling; in
the Academy of Bruges (WMR corrected copy)
Date of Composition: 1849
Type of Manuscript: corrected fair copy
full Rossetti Archive record for this transcribed document is available.
Manuscript Addition: 475
Editorial Description: In the upper right corner, the page number of WMR's projected volume.
For A Virgin and Child, by Hans
Manuscript Addition: Rossetti
Editorial Description: WMR's pencil note in the upper left corner
the Academy of Bruges.
- Mystery: God, man's Life, born into man
- Of woman. There abideth on her brow
- The ended pang of Knowledge, the which now
- Is calm assured. Since first her task began,
- She hath known all. What more of anguish than
- Endurance oft hath lived thro', the whole space
- Thro' night till
day, passed weak upon her
like a heavy flood the
heard lapse of darkness
- All hath been told her touching her dear Son,
10 And all shall be accomplished. Where He sits,
- Even now, a babe, He holds the symbol
- Perfect & chosen. Until God permits,
- His soul's elect still have the absolute
- Harsh nether darkness, & make painful moan.
Transcription Gap: rest of page (another poem)
Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Copyright: By permission of the South African National Gallery